Update: I’m extremely pleased to announce that both Salesforce and Brad Feld are sponsoring several dozen diversity scholarships for this year’s Defrag. For all of the talk about fostering diversity in tech circles, getting a technology vendor to actually step up and commit to sponsoring a diversity scholarship is *incredibly* hard (99% “don’t have budget for that”). To their credit, Salesforce has been supporting our diversity scholarships for several years, and we’re overjoyed to have them back again this year. Brad is joining them (via his charitable foundation) because he is one of the truly good people in technology. So, thank you to both of them!
Please spread the word and urge folks that you know to apply!
We’ve been running a diversity/inclusion scholarship are our conferences for several years now, and it’s something that we’re quite proud of being able to do.
We’re once again able to offer a limited number of diversity scholarships for this year’s Defrag. To qualify, you simply need to be one of the under-represented communities in tech. The scholarship is a free admission to the conference (all sessions, breaks, meals, receptions, etc). It does not include travel or hotel expenses.
To apply, simply send me an email (enorlin AT mac.com), and give me one paragraph on why you’d like to attend Defrag.
In addition to the scholarships, I’d like to highlight two special presentations occurring at this year’s show. The first is from Kate Hirschfeld, a courageous 14 year old that will share a story of supporting diversity in the face of adversity. The second is Charles Ashley, who will be sharing tales of teaching coding classes on native american reservations. I expect that they’ll both be the kind of inspiring talks that will have people talking long after Defrag ends.
So, apply – and we’ll see you at Defrag!